Montana is The First US State to Ban Tik-Tok. Learn Why

TikTok has been banned in Montana, marking the first state-level ban of the controversial social video app in the US.

Montana's governor, Greg Gianforte, stated that the ban aims to protect personal and private data from being harvested by the Chinese Communist Party.

The ban extends to consumer users, following a federal move to prevent government employees from using the app on their work phones.

The bill targets app stores like Google and Apple, prohibiting them from hosting TikTok.

Enforcing the ban may face legal challenges rather than technical difficulties, as the app already collects enough information to identify users' state of residence.

TikTok could face fines if it continues operating in Montana after the ban takes effect.

TikTok's spokesperson reassured Montanans that they can still use the app, expressing their commitment to defending user rights.

Apple and Google did not respond to requests for comment on the ban.

Evading geographic bans on the open web is possible through VPN services or alternative methods of account creation.

India previously banned TikTok in 2020, and China has its own version called Douyin with stricter moderation.